Dancing for the kids

If you’re a student at Emmanuel, chances are you’ve heard about dance marathon, if you’re not already on a team. But what is it? According to the official Children’s Miracle Network website:

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country, all raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community. These students spend a year learning invaluable leadership and life skills while raising funds and interacting with children’s hospital patients and families. The year culminates with a 12-40 hour long event where the students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment in celebration of the total amount raised that year.

Some larger schools like Bowling Green State University in Ohio have raised as much as $225,000, according to the BG news. Similar to Relay For Life, where participants raise money for the American Cancer Society and walk for 12-24 hours, this event has been helping local Children’s hospitals for over 20 years now.

This year, Emmanuel College is hosting their first ever dance marathon this Saturday April 14th from 10pm to 10am. GrooveBoston is coming to set-up the Jean Yawkey Center and essentially turn the building into a club for 12 hours. The executive  board along with their adviser, Kevin Farrell have been working hard all year to gather donations, organize the event and get people to register as teams to fundraise for the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, Children’s hospital Boston. ECDM is very close to their goal of $15,000, which is fantastic for the first year doing this.

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